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Old 01-05-2015, 08:52 PM   #21
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No issues with starting with any of our Rams 98.5', 03' and now the 2014 CTD. Limited 14' cold starts. In garage and plugged in today at -15. Coolant was 110 at startup. Had good heat in about 10 min. Much faster heat up than past models with all conditions the same. One radio re-flash so far. Anti-lock reprogram notice due. Ordered last March took delivery May 9th. Coon Rapids Ram from Jim Sr. Very pleased so far.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:58 PM   #22
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My mileage readout is "happy" by a couple of mpg usually. Real time... doin' the math mileage for mine in 18 - 20 on the hiway cruising at 70. My towing mileage is 13 - 15 towing my TT at 65, which usually doesn't weigh more than 6500#. These figures are done with the gallons pumped and miles driven, not with the truck's computer. The 1-tons and heavier trucks have lower gear ratios... i.e. higher numbers. Mine has the 3.42 axle ratio and that helps. I've put 10,500 miles on her so far and I've filled the DEF tank twice. I have towed a bit over 4K miles. I would definitely buy this truck again, but not from the same dealer... I was a Ford-only guy since the '80s... Enjoy!
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Old 01-06-2015, 02:22 PM   #23
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Thanks for the replies. It's good to hear of quick warm-ups even at sub-zero temps and the few problems people seem to be having. My wife likes to drive our truck when it snows so it is important for any new truck to have good heat and be "lady friendly" as in not be smelly, noisy and ride like an old dumptruck! I think all the newer trucks have come all long way in those regards
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Old 01-06-2015, 08:38 PM   #24
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I especially like that my seat, and steering wheel heaters come on automatically at 39 degrees and below. Takes the chill off pretty quickly.


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Old 01-06-2015, 09:09 PM   #25
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Automatically heated seats and steering wheel, now that sounds great! I was looking at the SLT model and I don't think it includes such niceties. The cost of the Laramie package pushes it out of my price range as I still have a new camper to finish paying off. RVing sure can be an expensive hobby!

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Old 01-07-2015, 03:40 PM   #26
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The exhaust brake on the CTD is better than Ford's prior to '15. My '11 Ford F-350 had a small fuel tank, RAM is larger, 32 gals. Have towed about 12,000 miles now out of 24,400 miles. Only recall was for a radio update. I like the NAV system, in fact I like everything about the truck. The only thing the truck lacks is electric retractable side mirrors. DEF is no problem, mileage is good for a 4.10 rear. Seats more comfortable than my Ford. I have the Aisin transmission. Of the three transmissions available this is the heaviest duty. This is an interesting truck: Italian car company, truck is assembled in Mexico, with an American engine and rear, and a Japanese transmission (owned by Toyota).
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Old 01-07-2015, 04:11 PM   #27
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I have a 2014 Ram 2500 with the 6.4 Hemi. I have a Crusader 295 which weighs 9000 empty and the coil springs barely move at all I had a 2013 3500 diesel and I think I have almost as much power with the hemi. I like tHe coil springs just in case I want to add airbags later on. I get around 13 city, 18 hwy and 9-11 mpg towing. This is my 5th Ram and I have no complaints.
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:35 PM   #28
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Rams can be an interesting mix of component suppliers but that is not all that unusual anymore. As long as it all works reliably together. I was wondering about the coil spring suspension on the 2500 but people seem to like the smoother ride and I haven't heard anything bad about towing with it. I am curious though why the previous poster Fufys went from the Cummins to the gas. I don't hear that too often although I do see both sides of the subject.
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Old 01-08-2015, 09:28 PM   #29
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This is a reply for Kenhwy61. I had a 38 ft Sierra 5er that I pulled with my 3500 that weight 12,000 lbs, but I sold them both and bought a 1500 thinking that my travelling days were over. I got camping fever and bought a Laredo TT that my 1500 pulled easily. We had a major design flaw with the Laredo and Keystone would not even admit the problem much less correct it. So we traded it in for the Crusader and bought the 2500 with the 6.4 hemi. The main reason was the extra cost for the diesel engine. All this trading caused a severe cash shortage. I have nothing but good things to say about the Cummins, just couldn't afford it and the hemi is handling the Crusader very well.
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Although I cannot comment on the '13-'14 diesels, Ram honored the powertrain warranty on my '11 2500 w/5.7 Hemi @96,000 miles. We are new to camping & had to buy our TV, TT & supplies all in the same year... Therefore we could not afford buying new this time around... However, when we upgrade, I am definitely considering Ram as my first choice.
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